USGS now looking for limited crowd-sourced data in CA and NV

Hello everyone:

USGS is now collecting limited crowd-sourced information that can be provided as both GIS data and included in future topographic maps.  USGS began collecting VGI – volunteered geographic information – for structures for a number of states several months ago.  The agency recently expanded this pilot effort to cover another 16 states, including California and Nevada.

The USGS news release can be seen here:

USGS is interested in your input on locations for certain public buildings, as mentioned in the news release.  This would be a good exercise to look at from a county or local perspective.  There might also be situations in CA where organizing a multi-county effort (e.g. through a Council of Governments or a GIS collaborative) would be beneficial.

We would be very interested in hearing what you think about this and any plans you may have to contribute data.  We can help with any questions you may have and can set up a conference call or discussion anytime on the subject.

Carol Ostergren
Drew Decker

GIS Group – Women In GIS

Hello Fellow GIS Colleagues,

We are in the process of developing a new GIS group, Women In GIS.  Both men and women are welcome to join.  We will be meeting at ESRIUC on Wednesday, July 10th from 12:00 to 1:00 in Room 30A (please bring your own lunch).  We hope you can join us in a discussion of where we are going and what is next on the horizon.   Please include any friends interested in coming, all are welcome to join!

If you are interested in joining our listserve, see the instructions below. Looking forward to a productive ESRIUC! See you soon!

Subscribe instructions for Women in GIS listserve:

Send an email to:
In the body of the email type: Subscribe wigis-g

To unsubscribe:

Send an email to:
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That’s it. It doesn’t matter what is in the subject line.  Send me an email if you have any trouble:

Right now the listserve is open to everyone, inquiries and responses will go to everyone. If traffic gets heavy I can adjust the settings for summary responses only.  Finally, we will also be forwarding to you a new website for our group, keep your eye out for this information soon!


Christina, Danielle, Lori, Patricia, Regan, Ruthanne, Shawna, and the rest of the Women doing GIS!!
Dr. Shawna Dark
Chair, Department of Geography
Director, Center for Geographical Studies (
California State University, Northridge

Changes to ArcGIS Online

Looks like ESRI has made ArcGIS Online a little more interesting.  Here are some of the changes in the July release:

  • Unlimited bandwidth usage (outbound data transfer) is now included with your ArcGIS Online subscription.
  • Uploading tile packages from ArcGIS for Desktop is now also included with your subscription.
  • Geocoding costs have been reduced by 50%.
  • Routing and GeoEnrichment costs have been reduced by nearly 65%.
  • Infographic costs have been reduced by more than 80%.

More information can be found on ESRI’s blog site.